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Pre-Operative Information

The following are a few helpful hints which will hopefully make your surgical experience a more pleasant one.

*You will learn of the time of your surgery 24 to 48 hours before your surgery. This is out of our control. You will receive a call from the hospital, however, if you do not, please call (860) 444-5150 between 1 pm and 3 pm the day before your scheduled surgery day to confirm the time.

*You will need transportation to and from the hospital, no exceptions. You will enter the hospital through the Faire Harbor entrance (near the emergency department). Look for the Ambulatory Surgery Center ask the help desk inside the door.

It is vitally important that you eat or drink nothing after midnight prior to the day of surgery. This is for your safety while under anesthesia. If you do eat or drink anything your surgery will be cancelled. The only exception is that you should take any regular medications you’re told to take with a small sip of water only.

You will be provided with a set of postoperative instructions before leaving the hospital.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to call the office (860) 444-9022.

Infection precautions for Total Joints

If you have had a total joint replacement, certain precautions must be taken to reduce the chance that infection develops in the bone or around the implant. These precautions should be followed for the rest of your lifetime. ALL patients having had total joint replacement who undergo any dental procedure should receive antibiotic prophylaxis for the following:
Dental antibiotic prophylaxis regimen: (also see Instructions for Dentists)

    1. Patients not allergic to penicillin: Cephalexin or amoxicillin, 2 gm orally one hour prior to dental procedure.
    2. Patients not allergic to penicillin and unable to take oral medications: Cefazolin 1 gm; or ampicillin, 2 gm IM/IV one hour prior to the procedure.
    3. Patients allergic to penicillin: Clindamycin, 600 mg orally one hour prior to dental procedure.
    4. Patients allergic to penicillin and unable to take oral medications: Clindamycin, 600 mg IM/IV one hour prior to the procedure.
Patients who will have genito-urinary manipulations or instrumentation (cystoscopy, TURP, etc.),
gastrointestinal or biliary surgery, or any gynecological procedures:
Advise your doctor that you have had a prosthesis inserted and that you need to have antibiotic prophylaxis (protection).

If you need to have a skin abscess (boil or furuncle) drained or have a skin infection:
Advise your doctor that you have had a prosthesis inserted and that you need to have antibiotic prophylaxis.

If you suspect any infection, you should be seen promptly by your physician and treated.

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